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Nov 30, 2012 4:00pm EST
was this is the third one in a row. eds was written down completely. palm clearly didn't help in terms of the personal products and the personal computing space. now autonomy. so to me, that suggests not just a single problem with an acquisition but maybe a systemic set of problems. >> so a systemic set of problems. is that leadership? is that just, you know, failed vision? is the autonomy deal one that you would have ever done, for example? >> well, look, it's very difficult to answer hypotheticals like that because i wasn't in the boardroom, i didn't know what they were looking at. however, i will say this. the autonomy deal at the time it was done was done for cash at a time when the cash generating capability of the company was weaker than it had been. it was a lot of money, more than many people thought the company was worth. i think it's less now a question of who's to blame and more honestly starting with the board working to restore confidence in its processes. it's a board that has systematically destroyed value over many years. i think the board needs to do some very specific things now. >>
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